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Job Title: Healthcare Associated COVID19 EPI 2
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Organization: Georgia Department of Public Health
Posted: 7/23/2020
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Atlanta,  GA    USA
Compensation: $36,268.09 - $51,811.56 Annually
Position Description: Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the entire population as our work impacts past, present and future generations. What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, Capitol Hill Fitness Center access, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending upon the position. Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we're seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Epidemiologist 2. Won't you join us?

Job Responsibilities: The Acute Disease Epidemiology Section (ADES) of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is seeking a Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) COVID19 Epidemiologist to assist with monitoring cases of COVID-19 in healthcare facilities using the National Healthcare Safety Network, state survey agency data, and the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SendSS). These data will be used to inform the HAI COVID19 team on where interventions are needed for COVID19 and to monitor effectiveness of response efforts. The HAI COVID19 epidemiologist will serve as member of a team to address COVID19 in healthcare settings. The ADES carries out a number of activities to identify, prevent, and mitigate certain communicable and/or notifiable infectious diseases. ADES staff work closely with Georgia healthcare providers and associations, the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, and epidemiologists in our 18 health districts. ADES houses several infectious disease specific surveillance teams. The HAI COVID Team conducts surveillance for COVID19 cases in healthcare settings and investigates reports of disease clusters and outbreaks.

This is a grant-funded position through April 2020 and will be extended contingent upon funds. Incumbent provides assistance and expertise for conducting COVID19 surveillance, investigating COVI19 outbreaks, recommending infection control measures and analyzing and interpreting COVID-19 disease and related data. The incumbent provides HAI COVID-19 response expertise for internal and external stakeholders. The HAI COVID19 Epidemiologist will report to the HAI Surveillance Director. Monitor and use data from a variety of sources, including the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the state survey agency, and the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SendSS) to summarize and inform team needs for interventions and effectiveness of response efforts. Create reports to distribute to internal team members and to the healthcare community. Participates in COVID-19 surveillance, investigation, prevention and control activities; ensures that case information is accurate, complete and reported in a timely manner; Assists with the development, preparation, review and distribution of procedures and protocols for COIVD19 for various healthcare settings, including long-term care, acute care, and dialysis. Uses SAS to match reported cases to facility of origin, such as long-term care and other healthcare facilities. Compare reports of cases and report discrepancies to district health departments. Provides guidance to DPH program areas, field staff, local health departments, health care providers, hospitals and others during COVID-19 outbreaks; Conducts by phone infection control assessments in healthcare facilities in response to COVID-19 organisms; Analyzes data gathered during epidemiologic investigations using appropriate statistical methods and computer software; Analyzes data and prepares and distributes reports and feedback to healthcare providers, local health departments and other partners; Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications: Master's degree in Public Health or a closely related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field OR Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university AND Three years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field OR Two years at the lower level (HCP180) or position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications; A Master's degree in Public Health (MPH or MSPH) or a related master’s degree in public health and at least two years experience in epidemiology - OR a Bachelor's degree or other non- epidemiology professional degree or certification in a health-related area (e.g. RN, RD) without formal academic epidemiology training and with at least 4 years experience performing epidemiology work under the guidance of a senior level epidemiologist.

Preferred Qualifications MPH or MSPH from an Association of Schools of Public Health accredited program, with a concentration in Epidemiology or at least 24 credit hours in epidemiology and/or biostatistics. At least two years of experience performing epidemiologic activities. Relevant knowledge of job area indicated by at least three graduate- level credit hours or one year of work experience in that area. Broad knowledge of principles of public health practice, especially those applicable to the surveillance, prevention and control of infectious diseases; Broad knowledge of principles of public health surveillance, including electronic disease reporting and syndromic surveillance; Specific knowledge of principles, practices and investigative procedures of infectious disease epidemiology; Specific knowledge of and ability to conduct statistical procedures used in epidemiologic analysis including SAS and geographic/spatial analysis; Ability to initiate, conduct and report on complex epidemiological studies relating to various communicable diseases; Ability to quickly learn and accurately interpret federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and policies relating to communicable diseases; Ability to provide technical assistance to medical practitioners, hospital staff, public health officials, agency staff, businesses and laypeople; Ability to effectively communicate with health care professionals, state and local officials, public health officials, the media and laypeople, verbally and in writing and individually or in group settings; Ability to coordinate and maintain effective working relationships with various internal and external customers and stakeholders.

Organization Description: Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to:

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

Closing Date: 10/23/2020
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Contact Name: Mauri Smith,  Healthcare Associated COVID19 EPI 2
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